The Basics of Plumbing for Home Renters


Renting your first place can be overwhelming but you can’t forget about the plumbing!

If you’re just renting your first apartment or home, perhaps you’ve just graduated high school or college, you know it’s an exciting time in your life. Hold on a minute though! It’s important that you become knowledgeable about your new home’s plumbing systems. Simply by taking a few basic preventative measures, you can ensure that life in your new home will be ideal and hasslefree.

Know Where Everything Is

When you move in, be sure to ask the landlord to show you where the main water shutoff valve is. Check that it’s all in working order and that the valve on it actually works. You should also be aware of where individual shutoffs for each toilet or sink is in case you need to stop a specific isolated problem. It’s always a good idea to ask your landlord about previous plumbing problems the unit has had too, in case any of those old plumbing ghosts pop back up.

Preventing Issues

There’s a few things you can do to make everything easier for you. If you use strainers for all of your drains, including the kitchen sink, shower, and laundry room, you’ll be able to prevent clogging due to buildup of food, hair, or anything else for that matter. Invest in a solid plunger and keep in mind that there are some things you can’t flush down the toilet. Be careful as having a clogged toilet is the worst case scenario for a new home renter!

Minding the Seasons

When winter is approaching, make sure you turn off outside water to stop freezing. Your landlord should have also showed you how to shut off the outside water to things like hoses. If you’re leaving your home, set your thermostat about 4 degrees less than you normally would; this will save you money as well as prevent frozen pipes.

Get in Touch With Mahon Plumbing

Mahon Plumbing has been serving the Baltimore region’s plumbing needs since 1994. We’re ready to offer quality plumbing services and gas installation for both commercial and residential uses. Our tracks and employees are ready to handle the toughest of jobs.

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